In 1960, the Chatto family got to work turning an area of Essex wasteland into an inspired collection of diverse and beautiful gardens. Today, The Beth Chatto Gardens are open to visitors all year round and are well worth stopping by if you're staying in a nearby Essex hotel and looking for a heavenly way to pass an afternoon. Covering over seven acres, the gardens encompass a variety of terrains to showcase thousands of flowers and plants.
A Green-Fingered Outing from Essex Hotels
If you're even a slightest bit green-fingered, you're bound to enjoy a visit to The Beth Chatto Gardens. There are five distinct gardens to peruse, including the Gravel Garden, which comprises of drought resistant plants, and the Woodland Garden, where you'll find snowdrops, hellebores and other blooms that thrive in shadier conditions. A horticulturist's paradise, Beth Chatto Gardens also has a nursery of over 2000 plants and throughout the year hosts lectures, workshops and courses. Enjoy the view overlooking the gardens from the tearoom, which serves a selection of homemade cakes, scones and speciality teas and coffees, and take some inspiration for your own garden back home.
In Easy Reach of Some Charming Hotels in Colchester
The Beth Chatto Gardens is located just outside of Colchester, in the charming village of Elmstead Market. There are a number of quality hotels and guesthouses a short drive away, including luxury hotel and restaurant Blackfriars. If you're staying in the local area, a trip to The Beth Chatto Gardens is well worth it and even if it rains you can always take refuge in the charming tearoom and enjoy some homemade treats!
The Beth Chatto Gardens are located just outside of Elmstead Market Village, where you will find a handful of shops. The larger town of Colchester is just a 15-minute drive away, along the A133. The area boasts some beautiful countryside, including an area of burgeoning woodland recently purchased by the Woodland Trust. The Beth Chatto Gardens are very family friendly and are a the perfect place to introduce budding horticulturists to the magical world of flowers and plants.